Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Tiger's Eye

Since Tiger Eye is the anniversary gemstone for the 9th year of marriage, and my 9th anniversary is in just a couple of weeks, I thought I'd do a little spotlight on this beautiful gem stone. Tiger eye has rich yellow and golden brown stripes, with a fine golden luster. Tiger eye is a member of the quartz group of chalcedonies. It is one of the chatoyant gemstones. Chatoyancy exhibits a changeable silky luster as light is reflected within the thin parallel fibrous bands. This effect is due to the fibrous structure of the material.

Roman soldiers wore tiger's-eye, engraved with symbols, for protection in battle. Tiger Eye was thought to be all seeing due to its appearance. Mystical power: Tiger Eye is used for focusing the mind. It is said that Tiger Eye offers protection during travel, strengthens convictions and confidence. This very warm stone is beneficial for the weak and sick. Legend also says it is a psychic protector, great for business, and an aid to achieving clarity.

The most important mine for Tiger Eye is in South Africa. The best stones come from Griqualand West. Tiger's Eye is the Planetary stone for Gemini (May 21-Jun. 20)

From my Etsy shop:

Autumn Awakening Necklace

4-strands of faceted Tiger Eye, Sterling Silver and Moonstone with large (just over 2" across) Picture Jasper pendant encased in sterling silver. I have finished it off with a sterling silver toggle clasp. The necklace measures 16.5"

For my blog readers, I will include the below matching Tiger Eye and Sterling Silver earrings free with the purchase of the above necklace from my Etsy shop. Please leave a note "Tiger Eye Earrings" in the comments during checkout.


Desert Rose said...

Your work is stunning!!! Heading out fiday..may get to busy to be omline the next few days, but will catch up next week! have a great weekend!

Heart of a Cowgirl said...

Gorgeous pieces! I love Tiger's Eye, never exactly the same, always beautiful.

fernvalley01 said...

Beautifula as always, thanks for the info ,I did not know anything about Tiger Eye , other than it is pretty

Kathleen Coy said...

Great post, Five!
I adore Tiger's Eye!!! :-)

storybeader said...

and those are great looking pieces you chose. I've noticed that people are very attracted to multiple-strand necklaces. I can see why!

Paint Girl said...

I love Tigers Eye! I have a Tiger's Eye ring. I got it from my grandma. I use to wear it everyday, I don't wear rings much anymore though. Might have to start wearing it again!

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